I discovered Our Journey Journal from Aisle Always Love on Instagram and thought it was a novel gift idea. (I’m a sucker for a cute journal.) I put it in save and said, I’ll order one for the hubby and me later. “Later” never came. But recently while visiting my mom, I had the opportunity to read my deceased father‘s very last journal before he passed. To say it was numbing is an understatement. [Read more…]
I’ve been hearing an increasing amount of chatter surrounding how weddings are a complete waste of money and in lieu of them couples should buy a house, or pay off their student loans or splurge on a fancier honeymoon. I get it. Really I do. But many couples — yes even Black ones — who are preparing to tie the knot already own a home, do not have student loans and have traveled extensively prior to getting hitched. The whole “just elope/do a destination wedding” [Read more…]
This week’s chosen pick, The Mrs. Box, is just plain pretty. We first spotted the company on Instagram. Ideal for a bridal shower or engagement party gift, the custom-dyed velvet boxes perfectly house your Mrs. bling (but I would proudly use them for earrings too) and make for great heirlooms. The bold hues just scream fun! They’re also a colorful addition to your wedding day obligatory “getting dressed” shots.
At last week’s Ultimate Date Night Soiree in Charlotte (We had a blast by the way, pics to come soon!), one of the planning brides in attendance expressed that she was regrettably still searching for affordable floral options for her big day. While I had several of tips of frugal floral finds to share with her, it reminded me of an awesome floral resource I’d yet to gush about here: Eco Flower Weddings! [Read more…]
The first Wednesday of the month here at Black Bridal Bliss is all about highlighting ways to get the most bang for your buck — especially helpful information when you’re planning a wedding or a newlywed. This month’s fun financial find is The Finance Bar! [Read more…]
Let’s get a something out of the way: It should not be assumed that women are the primary cooks in their relationships. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, The Newlywed Cookbook (St. Martin’s Griffin) is a cute little find for a just married couple — the bride or the groom — and here’s why: [Read more…]
As promised, the first Wednesday of the month here on Triple B is now dedicated to a financial find that can help you add more bliss to your life — regardless of your relationship status. In 2015, I am challenging myself to include even more financial resources to empower Black women and their families on BlackBridalBliss.com and boy are we kicking the year off with a bang! Whether you’re saving for a wedding, a modest townhouse, a third vacation home in the South of France, building a college fund for Junior, searching for smarter ways to invest, trying to increase your credit score or just all around want to be better informed about your finances, today’s Pick of the Week should definitely be on your radar: [Read more…]
Well guys, this is my last BPOTW post of 2014. What a ride this year has been! [Read more…]
Once you’ve decided to say “I Do” on an island like St. Lucia, it would be easy to just sit back and have the same type of affair you would in your hometown, right? But the truth is, part of the reason you and your boo thang decided on destination nuptials in the first place is because you wanted both you and your guests to experience something different than what you can offer in your own neck of the woods. So while in town for the LoveElevated Symposium, Triple B got the inside scoop on five easy ways to insert some local flavor into your St. Lucian wedding! (Your guests will thank you.) [Read more…]
When I was a freshman in college, I got my first (and only) tattoo. My older cousin took me to get it and thankfully provided some guidance. She ensured the location was clean, licensed and that I didn’t get some teenage boyfriend’s name permanently stenciled on my body. I went with an ankh on my upper right thigh and nearly 20 years later I have no regrets.
But, every now and then a gal wants to mix things up — and not necessarily with permanent ink — with no guilt or worry. So when my friend Pam introduced me to Flash Tattoos, I was excited. These metallic henna-inspired temporary tattoos are so hot! [Read more…]
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Accessories Council’s Top Picks Bridal Event. (Check out Triple B’s IG for behind-the-scenes images and video.) It was a cool lil’ shindig and I’m glad I attended. One of the biggest takeaways was having Roman & Sunstone on my radar for super-affordable, on-trend bridal jewelry! [Read more…]
The touchy subject of the importance (or not) of engagement ring size has been covered here…and here on Triple B by Cousin Mars. But, I’ve never actually delved into the subject myself — until today. As of late, I’ve noticed a lotta folks posting pictures of rings similar to the one above on social media and the comments have been very telling. I’ve read things like: [Read more…]
Hola! When BlackBridalBliss.com launched on April 26, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama had been in office less than six months, Instagram didn’t exist, and I was single. Fast forward to today…What a difference four years can make! Triple B has grown tremendously since launching and I am uber-proud of the accomplishments made thus far. [Read more…]
BlackBridalBliss.com Random Confession #63: I adore journals and notebooks almost as much as I do stationery. I realize the rest of the world is all about digital, but doggonit I still enjoy scribbling down my thoughts, dreams, frustrations and even fears on paper. Thus my latest Triple B Pick of the Week is the Honeymoon Recollections Panama Notebook ($80) from Smythson of Bond Street. Why? [Read more…]
When I learned of TheEnclosed.com recently, I knew I had the share this find on Triple B. What woman wouldn’t fancy receiving a new, different pair of sexy undies in the mail every month? This subscription-based service, founded by Columbia Business School graduate Antonia Townsend in November 2013, does just that! [Read more…]
Corny? Possibly. Cheesy? Perhaps. But I still think these socks are pretty ‘effin cool. I found this pair [Read more…]
ATTENTION: Brides with a short a ‘do often want to rock a hair accessory for their strut down the aisle, too. However, most bridal magazines would lead us to believe all brides should wear their hair shoulder length or longer. This is frustrating, so I was beyond happy to see how Oscar winner and all-around fly girl Lupita Nyong’o wore her gold and diamond Fred Leighton headband with her princess Prada gown recently on the red carpet. [Read more…]
I recently discovered the yummy goodness that is eCreamery.com while working on a freelance assignment. eCreamery.com is an online distributor of delicious ice cream, sorbetto and gelatto (my personal fave) and it is all packaged in adorable personalized containers. I’m already a sucker for personalization but combined with something good to eat is even better. The creative flavor options are plentiful: you can choose from mango, pear, passionfruit, amaretto, rum raisin, lemon cheesecake and much more. These could make excellent Valentine’s Day Gifts or wedding party gifts!